Definitions for opinionəˈpɪn yən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•pin•ionəˈpɪn yən(n.)

  1. a belief or judgment based on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

  2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

  3. the formal expression of a professional judgment:

    a second medical opinion.

  4. the formal statement by a judge or court of the principles used in reaching a decision on a case.

    Category: Law

  5. a judgment or estimate of a person or thing with respect to character, merit, etc.

  6. a favorable estimate; esteem.

Origin of opinion:

1250–1300; ME < OF < L opīniō, der. of opīnārī to opine


Princeton's WordNet

  1. opinion, sentiment, persuasion, view, thought(noun)

    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

    "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"

  2. opinion, view(noun)

    a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof

    "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"

  3. public opinion, popular opinion, opinion, vox populi(noun)

    a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people

    "he asked for a poll of public opinion"

  4. opinion, legal opinion, judgment, judgement(noun)

    the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision

    "opinions are usually written by a single judge"

  5. opinion, ruling(noun)

    the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)

  6. impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion(noun)

    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. opinion(noun)əˈpɪn yən

    what sb thinks or believes about sth or sb

    What's your opinion of the new boss?; to have a high/low opinion of sth/sb; I haven't been asked to give my opinion.; In my opinion, they should never have bought that house.

  2. opinionəˈpɪn yən

    when people do not agree

    a difference of opinion about what we should do next

  3. opinionəˈpɪn yən

    the opinion of most people in a society

    The White House would be foolish to ignore public opinion on this matter.


  1. opinion(Noun)

    A belief that a person has formed about a topic or issue.

  2. opinion(Verb)

    To have or express as an opinion.

  3. Origin: opinion, opinioun, from and opinion, from opinio, from opinari, the infinitive of opinor.


  1. Opinion

    In general, an opinion is a belief about matters commonly considered to be subjective, i.e. it is based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. An opinion may be supported by an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments. In casual use, the term opinion may be the result of a person's perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact-based beliefs. Collective or professional opinions are defined as meeting a higher standard to substantiate the opinion.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The prodigal son of Thought. =PUBLIC OPINION= The world's champion pugilist, who has knocked out Law in many a hard fought bout.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opinion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1382

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opinion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1619

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opinion' in Nouns Frequency: #487

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


what a person thinks or believes

My opinions about education have changed.

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